Martina McBride has teamed with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry for the Cities and Communities with Heart Initiative (CCHI) Nashville, a collaborative, multi-year effort to stop women in Nashville from needlessly suffering and dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Led by WHA — a national non-profit organization co-founded by Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman and dedicated exclusively to women’s heart health — the purpose of CCHI is to improve the cardiovascular health of women in up to three mid-sized cities where the CVD burden is high.
Martina said, “For me, this issue is about equity, and about ensuring that women have the same chances in life that men do. We don’t know enough about women’s heart disease, but we do know that it is under-funded, under-researched and under-diagnosed. We must end this epidemic—for our moms, our daughters and all the women we love.”
In Davidson County (Nashville), cardiovascular disease is women’s number one killer. For every one woman who dies of breast cancer, more than eight die from heart disease and stroke.